News in the Daily Mirror that Newcastle are still very interested in Sochaux striker Mobido Maiga.
Modibo Maiga– Newcastle still interested?
The news is that Newcastle will reopen negotiations in January for the striker, who they almost signed on the last day of the transfer window in August.
It looked like the deal was going through, but Sochaux stalled at the last minute, ruining the Magpies’ chances of signing a top striker to replace Andy Carroll, and Alan Pardew was less than happy with the situation.
Maiga went on strike for a while over the summer, on August 12th to be exact, as he tried to force a move to Newcastle, and it seems that the Sochaux supporters have not forgiven him, as they boo him regularly.
This is what Maiga said today:
“I have had enough of being booed by supporters right now, but anyway it does not stop me scoring goals for the club and making them happy.”
“I scored a double for them again at the weekend. I had two chances on Saturday against Toulouse, two goals, just to thank them.”
“Newcastle? They are a very good club, I will not finish my career in Sochaux if I am scoring every week – that is the reality of football. I have not invented that!”
“At the moment I am here and scoring goals. I do not know when the transfer window opens what there will be. It depends also on the club, but in the near future I want to ply my trade in another top league.”
“It is a genuine ambition, I will accept being booed for that!”
We really hesitate to say that Newcastle will be signing Maiga in January, because it’s already been a bit of a soap opera, with the club’s negotiations with Sochaux.
Indeed Sochaux reported Newcastle to FIFA in August, for what they said was an illegal approach by the Tyneside club for their player.
But Maiga will give the Newcastle attack something different up front, and we think he would be a very good buy at around £8M.
Sunderland ate also now said to be interested in the player – why’s that not a surprise?
Modibo has scored 19 goals in 41 appearances for Sochaux, since joining them in 2010 from Le Mans.
What do you think?